60schic (60schic) wrote in little_details,

Legal terminology

I was just linked here and think this is a wonderful service.

Can someone tell me if a person is arrested at the time an indictment is 'handed down'?

It is my understanding that when a person is arraigned, they have already been arrested and booked on a charge, and it is then that their bail is set (or denied) and a court date is set.

In between an indictment and an arraignment, can a person legally leave the country?

If this helps to explain: I want my character to be able to go away on a short vacation. He has not been arrested, but he is supposedly about to be indicted on charges of bribing a city official and influencing building contracts. At what point in the legal process would he no longer be able to leave the country?
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